Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

We here at Octavia Tea will be toasting the new royal couple with our Darjeeling Reserve. Known as “the champagne of teas,” Darjeeling is a world-famous tea growing region that produces teas with a unique & sought-after flavor. Our Darjeeling Reserve is from the Okayti tea garden – the same garden where Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite tea is from! So you may not get an invite to Buckingham Palace for the royal wedding, but you can at least sip the tea. . . . → Read More: Darjeeling: Champagne of Teas

Employee Selections: Smell the Roses

Rose Oolong always caught my eye but I was always replaying in my head “What if it just tastes dirty?!”. Boy was I wrong! After steeping my tea, the pleasant scent of rose pulls me in. Once the first sip, reaches my tongue, I’m instantly taken to a rose garden in spring. Smooth, balanced flavors make this a delightful cup. According to a press release by Whole Food’s team of global buyers, floral flavors are a trend for 2018. I recommend giving this a try! . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Smell the Roses

Tea for the Chakras

For thousands of years tea has been a staple to many natural and spiritual health practices. Followers of both Buddhism and Hinduism, as well their many variants, have utilized the properties of plants to help heal and energize the metaphysical epicenters of the human body, known as Chakras.

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Rio & Yerba Maté

So, the 2016 Olympic Games are on. How inspiring to see all the athletes and all their hard work come to fruition. What sacrifices they and their families and coaches have made definitely leaves an impression. All the competitors, medalists or not, are inspiring to watch and learn about. In thinking about Brazil, as a tea company, we instantly think of maté. Native to South America, yerba maté comes from the maté plant belonging to the holly family. This is separate from the traditional camellia sinensis plant that most teas belong to. Yerba maté leaves are dried and steeped to create the popular herbal drink. It has a robust yet smooth, earthy flavor and has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to enhance energy, improve mood and aid weight-loss. It contains caffeine, but without the acidity and stomach effects that coffee holds. . . . → Read More: Rio & Yerba Maté

Employee Selections: La vie en rose

We polled some members of the Octavia Tea family to see what their favorite teas are. Our hard working staff drinks tea all day long, so they’re sure to have some great opinions!
Shauna drinking tea in garden
Shauna
has been part of the Octavia Tea family since November:

“My favorite would have to be French Breakfast. It is a very strong, smooth black tea, and I very much enjoy the touch of vanilla and especially the rose petals. What better way to wake up in the morning than with rose petals and imagining I am in a French cafe?! This is my go-to tea, and sometimes I add a little milk and sugar, too. The first time I had it was on a rainy afternoon, and found it to be very comforting. Like chocolate, a cup of this tea has never let me down!” . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: La vie en rose

Employee Selections: Love of Lapsang

“I always panic when someone asks me what my favorite tea is because it changes so frequently! However, I’m currently obsessed with our Lapsang Souchong. I’m very drawn to the smokiness; perhaps due to the memory of smelling my fathers fireman gear growing up. However, this “campfire tea” has a dusty boldness that makes it the perfect afternoon tea. Also, I highly recommend snacking on some cheese… as a general life style choice but particularly while enjoying this tea.” . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: Love of Lapsang

Employee Selections: A Jasmine Love Affair

We polled some members of the Octavia Tea family to see what their favorite teas are. Our hard working staff drinks tea all day long, so they’re sure to have some great opinions! Brea has been part of the Octavia Tea family since July

“Our Jasmine Pearl has to be one of the best teas I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The fragrance alone is enough to intoxicate the senses. Plus the process of making Jasmine Pearl is a beautiful love story. Jasmine flowers only bloom in the evening and are collected and folded in with the green tea leaves. After the tea has taken on the fragrance of the Jasmine, it is separated out and the tea leaves are hand rolled into tiny balls. These precious ‘pearls’ are then ready to blossom in your cup. Jasmine has the ability to spark romance and I am speaking from experience because I really love this tea!” . . . → Read More: Employee Selections: A Jasmine Love Affair

Employee Selections: A Man About Oolong

We polled some members of the Octavia Tea family to see what their favorite teas are. Our hard working staff drinks tea all day long, so they’re sure to have some great opinions!

Trent
Trent has been part of the Octavia Tea family for almost 2 years

“It’s hard for me to pick one tea, but a favorite of mine is the Oriental Beauty. It has a great mixture of rich caramel and hearty flavors while still having some earthy notes to it. Highly recommended to any oolong drinker.”

From our website:
In midsummer, tiny green leaf hoppers bounce through special tea gardens creating a style of oolong called Bai Hao by nibbling on tealeaves and drawing sap, which begins the process of oxidation while the leaves are still on the bush. Bai Hao oolongs are so lovely that Queen Victoria coined the phrase “Oriental Beauty” to describe the highest grades. Smooth, subtle notes of soft wood, muscat grape, baked pear and lily-of-the-valley make this tea a delicacy.

For more information or to purchase our Oriental Beauty, please visit our website at http://www.OctaviaTea.com

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Green Tea: Health Benefits

Green tea is one of the most basic tea varieties. As one of the four true teas, the tealeaves come directly from the tea plant. Mostly popular in the Eastern world (with countries like Japan and China) green tea is gaining popularity in the West. In addition to the different taste green tea provides . . . → Read More: Green Tea: Health Benefits

June: The Perfect Time for Iced Tea

With warm weather fast approaching, we are starting to dream of sitting in a lawn chair on plush, green grass…or with our toes pressed into warm sand, under an umbrella. What goes better with a warm, sunny day than an ice-cold glass of tea?

Next to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in . . . → Read More: June: The Perfect Time for Iced Tea